Published: Wednesday, 04 May 2011

singapore to introduce new licences for operators of yachts of 24m and larger

The Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) in Singapore is set to introduce a new class of licence – the Advanced Power Pleasure Craft Driving Licence – later in 2011, aimed at those operating yachts of 24 metres or more. "The Advanced Power Pleasure Craft Driving Licence is in anticipation of future pleasure craft which could be larger," an MPA spokesperson told MediaCorp.
The move comes amid a growing, locally-owned superyacht presence in Singapore, with marinas adding new superyacht berths. Media sources quoted Jean-Jacques Lavigne, executive director of the Superyacht Singapore Association, as saying that the local industry felt that that the "existing Power Pleasure Craft Driving Licence (PPCDL) was no longer adapted to the current situation", and that a new license would improve safety standards.

The new licence also follows a rule change by MPA that allowed some yachts to engage in commercial charter activities. Charter activities have reportedly risen as wealthy Singaporeans realise the enjoyment of seeing the island from the water. ONE°15 Luxury Yachting has seen its charter fleet grow from five to 16 yachts in the last three years.